Field Education - Field Instructor Training

Field Education - Field Instructor Training

Cal State LA School of Social Work
Field Education Department – Field Instructor Training

On behalf of Cal State LA’s School of Social Works’ Field Education department, we welcome you to our BSW and MSW Field Instructor Certification Training.  We appreciate your willingness to work with our students, especially during these uncertain times and as we navigate challenging circumstances. 

Throughout the year, we are available for consultation, and we look forward to working closely with you and your student.

The modules have been developed to provide Field Instructors with knowledge and skills rooted within the BSW and MSW mission, goals, and objectives to supervise social work interns effectively.

The Field Instructor Certification Training is reciprocal with other schools of social work in the region; therefore, you may take our online training if you have students from other schools.  However, we ask that you check the policies, procedures, and formats for your student’s school to ensure that you are following the school’s requirements as they may be different from those of the School of Social Work at Cal State LA.

We thank you for your interest in training our Social Work students!

Please note that our online Field Instructor Certification Training is only open to those who have pre-registered with our department. 

Unfortunately, we will be unable to provide CEU credit to complete the Field Instructor online training.

Thank you for understanding!



1. Begin by clicking on the first of the eleven training modules below.
2. Read through each module.
3. Once each module has been read and reviewed. Please complete the Field Instructor Certification Training Comprehensive Exam found after the 11th module below.
4. Please make sure to include your name and title on your exam.
5. After completing the comprehensive exam, we ask that you also complete the Field Instructor Certification Training Evaluation found after the comprehensive exam below.
6. Email your completed comprehensive exam and evaluation document to Nelly Carrillo Barajas at by August 13, 2021.



Module 1: Welcome to Field Instructor Training  

Goals, why it is important, and why we need it.

Module 2: Field Instructor Roles and Responsibilities  

Expectations, commitment to educating vs. supervising, the role of liaison, school, etc.

Module 3: Principles of Effective Supervision  

Define the function of supervision, Identify and review approaches to supervision; Expand understanding of the focus of supervision under the different approaches to supervision; Overview of Stages of Internship and Strategies to address the various stages of the internship; Review general principles of supervision; Clarify student and Field Instructor expectations.

Module 4: Targeted Strategies for Field Instruction  

Review supervision tools to promote process in supervision, Key Components for Solution Focused, Motivational Interviewing, and Trauma-Informed Approaches to Supervision; identify strategies for integrating these approaches into supervision.

Module 5: Field Documentation  

Provide an overview of integrated Learning Agreement and Comprehensive Skills Evaluation; Clarify student and Field Instructor roles in process; Offer concrete examples for constructing effective and appropriate learning activities to address desired CSWE competencies; Overview of student Timesheet; Overview of Process Recordings and Process Recording Log. 

Module 6: Common Rater Errors and Biases  

Review the most common performance rater errors and biases, including unconscious biases toward those being evaluated; understand how personal perceptions and biases may influence how students’ behaviors/performance are evaluated; encourage awareness when rater errors are in play and how to correct it.

Module 7: Ethical and Legal Issues  

Understand the ethical and legal issues in field supervision; understand the areas of potential liability in field education; identify strategies for incorporating ethical and legal responsibilities into practice. 

Module 8: Cultural Competency/Cultural Humility  

Review of definition and concept of cultural competence and cultural humility; Defining the practice of cultural humility and its application to social work practice; Exploring the pros and cons of both cultural competency and cultural humility; Identifying strategies to assist in enhancing the student learning experience. 

Module 9: Resolution of Problems in Field  

Provide an understanding of the progressive steps involved in resolving a student issue in the field and an understanding of the outcomes involved in resolving a student issue in the field.

Module 10: What are Personal Pronouns and Why Do They Matter: Creating Safe and Inclusive Space  

Define personal pronouns and their importance; how the use of inclusive language related to gender and sexual identity can provide a sense of safety and inclusion for clients, staff and interns. 

Module 11: Putting it all Together  

Why we do it, understanding the next generation of social work students, finding common ground, maintaining a positive outlook of the value and need of field instruction. 

*We also have a mandatory half-day Field Instructor Orientation for individuals who supervise Cal State Los Angeles social work student interns during the upcoming academic year.  Please email Nelly C. Barajas at to obtain more information.

The Field Instructor Orientation will take place online on August 13, 2021. 




11.  Putting it all Together